Professor Alan G. Ryder is a Senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). He obtained a B.Sc.(1.1) in Chemistry (1989) and Ph.D. in Inorganic chemistry (1994) from NUIG. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in UCC working on organometallic synthesis, he re-joined NUIG and the School of Physics in 1997 to work on developing quantitative Raman spectroscopy based methods for measuring illicit narcotics. In 2006, he was appointed as a senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry at NUIG where he lectures mainly in spectroscopy.
In 2003 he formed the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory (NBL) a research group focussed on the use of photonics and chemometrics technologies for life and physical science applications. There are two core research areas: Analytical Sciences and Photonics. In the Analytical Sciences, the primary emphasis is developing rapid, quantitative analytical methods for the analysis of complex materials with particular focus on biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Key methods employed include Raman and Fluorescence spectroscopies and chemometrics. He has collaborated with a range of global biopharmaceutical manufacturers on a variety of analytical research projects. To date he has secured >10M€ of research funding of which >2M€ came from global industrial sources. He has graduated 19 PhD/MSc. research students and supervised ~20 postdoctoral researchers and his current research group comprises of 9 researchers. He has authored 85+ publications, generated 3 patents (2 licenced to an NUIG spin out company), and given many invited international oral presentations on the use of spectroscopy and chemometrics for bioanalytical applications.